The following information and graphics were compiled by LiveWell Colorado, a nonprofit organization committed to preventing and reducing obesity in Colorado by promoting healthy eating and active living.
What is Farm to School?
Getting healthy, local, sustainably produced foods into Colorado schools.
- It's good for our children
- It's good for local economies
- It's good for local producers
- It's good for the environment
Colorado's School Food Program
Colorado has 1,768 public schools with 843,316 students. Every day 384,504 lunches are served to about 46% of those students. Another 13%, or 111,061 students also eat breakfast at the school. Besides just breakfast and lunch, many schools also provide:
- Summer Food Service Program
- A la carte food & snacks
- After School Care Snack Program
- Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program
How much does school food cost?
From 2009 to 2010, Colorado school food programs spent $248,200,000. Below is a chart of the average full price charged for a meal.
56% of that money comes from Federal Reimbursement, 42% comes from the schools budget, and 2% comes from Colorado state reimbursement.
Most schools purchase a large portion of their food from distributors and suppliers, with only a small percentage of that spent on local produce. That is what Farm to School hopes to change.
Over time, Farm to School will promote
- Healthy eating habits
- Increased local production
- Appropriate local processing, distribution, and storage
- Stable markets for producers